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Syntax of Spanish

ISBN-10: 0521576849

ISBN-13: 9780521576840

Edition: 2001

Authors: Karen Zagona, J. Bresnan, D. J. Lightfoot, I. Roberts, N. V. Smith

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Clear and well-organised, this textbook is an introduction to Spanish syntax, which assumes no prior knowledge of current theory. Beginning with a descriptive overview of the major characteristics of the grammar, it goes on to describe facts about Spanish, such as its word order, notions of subject, direct object, auxiliary verb and so on. The book combines traditional grammatical description with perspectives gained from recent research in the Principles and Parameters framework. It also presents useful theoretical notions such as semantic roles, Case, and Predication. Accessibly written, the book gives just enough background so as to allow the reader to understand the lines of investigation that have been pursued in accounting for such issues as clause structure and constituent order. It will be of use to students who are interested in grammar, Spanish, or in some of the basic results of modern, formal linguistic theory.
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Book details

List price: $57.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/24/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034

Karen Zagona is Associate Professor of Linguistics and adjunct Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Washington. She is author of Verb Phrase Syntax: A Parametric Study of English and Spanish (1988), editor of Grammatical Theory and Romance Languages (1995), and co-editor, with Ivonne Bordelois and Heles Contreras, of Generative Studies in Spanish Syntax (1986).

Preface
Symbols and abbreviations
Overview of the grammar
Introduction
General characteristics of the syntax
The subject constituent
The predicate constituent
Main clauses
Subordinate clauses
Syntactic dialects
The Noun Phrase
Introduction
The distribution of argument NPs
Predicative NPs
The constituents of NP
Determiners of argument NPs
Pre- and post-determiners
Specifiers of predicative NPs
Constituent order within NP
Summary
The Verb Phrase
Introduction
The distribution of VP
The external argument of VP
Complements of V: prepositional complements vs. adjuncts
Complements: direct object DPs
Indirect objects
Complements of "unaccusative" verbs
Summary
VP-related functional categories
Introduction
VP-adverbs and the verb/tense relation
Auxiliary verbs, tense and aspect
Clitics
Negation
Summary
Subjects, topics, and declarative constituent order
Introduction
The problem of "free" subject order
Discourse roles: Focus and Topic
[Topic] movement to the specifier of IP
Dislocated Topics
Subject order and the NS parameter
Summary
A'-movement and X movement through COMP
Introduction
Wh-movement
(Contrastive) Focus
Other A'-movements
Head movement to (and through) COMP
Summary
References
Index